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Community foundation to recognize philanthropic leader

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced plans to again recognize a local person or couple who have shown a commitment to philanthropy.

The foundation seeks nominations for its Award in Philanthropy that recognizes the efforts of an individual or couple who has significantly contributed to philanthropy in the region through personal giving, volunteerism or work as a professional advising clients about philanthropy.

“The Brainerd area community is fortunate to have so many strong leaders dedicated to making this region a better place to live, work and raise the next generation,” said Bill Brekken, BLACF director. “The Award in Philanthropy is our way of saying thank you.”

The foundation started the award program nine years ago to honor those who are working to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Kevin Thesing, Rod Converse and Kevin Close, John Sullivan, Clarence and Fran Holden, Bernie and Linda Roberts, Bruce and Kathy Buxton and Arnie and JoAnn Johnson are past recipients of the award.

“The past recipients of the award embody what it means to give back to the community,” Brekken said. “Their philanthropic work has not only helped community efforts, but also encouraged others to be benevolent.”

Nomination forms are available at and are due Monday, Dec. 10.

The BLACF board will choose the 2013 recipient and recognize the individual at an awards dinner in July.

The BLACF is a public charity that attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community.

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